Laughter is the best medicine
OVER the years I have spent what seems like half a lifetime sitting in doctors’ surgeries and hospital outpatient departments.
During those interminable waits, usually with my nose sunk in a book, I have seen people angry, furious, asleep and in despair, but just recently I saw a hugely welcome funnier side to a scenario that must be so familiar to so many patients.
I was at Dorset County Hospital getting the fantastic news that my third post-cancer op blood test was negative when the whole corridor became aware that patients already packed into seating would have to wait even longer, some of them up to an hour.
There were a few groans but the overwhelming reaction turned to smiles and even laughter after a member of staff relayed an important piece of news.
Apparently one of the patients waiting to be seen had a list of local Premier Inns in case we really were there for a long time!
It was just the right comment to defuse the situation. The queues soon improved and will be forgotten but the comment will live on for a good while.